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Cafe Essence

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17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been here twice and on both occasions could not fault the food or the service. It is bring your own wine and the waiter was good enough to wait for our order till I rushed out to Asda to pick up a few bottles of wine. We were celebrating a birthday so handed the cake into the kitchen... More 

Thank cyn d
N Ireland
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I wanted to eat early one evening and chose Cafe Essence. We had a table in the corner by the window. Our orders were taken promptly and the food arrived soon after...mouthwateringly good! There was a super choice of dishes and our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful. As the restaurant allows you to bring your own... More 

Thank blue047
Bangor, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

A really great restaurant especially if you are a fish lover. I had a lovely monkfish dish with a Portavogie prawn risotto and it was to die for . Both starter and main were generous portions so I didn't have a desert. However my husband had the home made chocolate cake which was also delicious. We both thoroughly enjoyed the... More 

Thank Michelle J
Belfast, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Fantastic food, steak night is exceptional value, steak, all the trimmings and sauce all included - excellent. Other specials and fish dishes available. Friendly staff very attentive and informative.

Thank Heather D
Donaghadee, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

There was a time when you would need to book a table 2 months or more in advance. Fish is the speciality and is on the specials board in various choices. Lobster in season is served in good portions and there is a good choice of other foods like venison duck steak. The blackened monkfish on a bed of risotto... More 

Thank Recoupniltd R
Bangor, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Fantastic food and excellent service , couldn't fault it Fish dishes second to none , service with a smile , informative and very friendly , worth every penny .

Thank Irene C
Bangor, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

Food was ok but the prices let it down, I shall give it a miss the next time.This restaurant must think its on the Lisburn road in Belfast to charge the prices they do.

1 Thank Theauldsampler
Belfast, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

My husband and I had a meal recently on a Saturday evening, the service was terrific and the meals excellent with generous portion size, very good value we chose the 2 courses for £23.00, although there were other options available, can't wait to return.

Thank Heather D
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

My family have raved about this place so we finally went. I'm not saying the food was bad it was more the other issues. It needs an interior designer desperately, please! The service was unusual - not very motivated - a few apologises here and there for basic things - you could also smell cigarette smoke coming in from outside.... More 

3 Thank olaf w
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016 via mobile

Well the menu is complicated and confusing; so many combinations! Ordering should be simpler. The prices are Lisburn Road prices without the quality. I expected better after reading the reviews. Average. Doubtful if we will return.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Bangor
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9145 4470
Cafe Essence is a Chef Owned local seafood restaurant. This means our focus is on food. We are committed to preparing only the finest dishes and serving you only the highest quality food to capture the essence of fine dining.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?